Black Eyed Peas a "mindless" fit for Super Bowl

Mon Feb 7, 2011 12:34am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Absurd, gauche and oddly appropriate.

Those were some of the begrudgingly positive reviews of the Black Eyed Peas' brief set at the Super Bowl halftime show in Dallas on Sunday.

The chart-topping foursome, famed for frustratingly catchy dance tunes such as "Let's Get It Started" and "I Gotta Feeling," took to the stage at Cowboys Stadium accompanied by hundreds of dancers wearing LED-covered suits.

Following in the footsteps of such venerable rock acts as The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, the Black Eyed Peas were the first hip-hop act to take center stage at America's biggest sporting event.

Amid all the glitz, the event was plagued by the inevitable technical difficulties. But at least singer Fergie did not fall victim to the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that exposed Janet Jackson's nipple during the disastrous 2004 installment.

Amid guest slots by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and scene-stealing R&B star Usher, critics appeared to give the Black Eyed Peas the benefit of the doubt.

"The Peas, love 'em or hate 'em, are the group this game of hype deserves," the Los Angeles Times said.

Sure, the band's music is aimed at "mindless partying," and Fergie's glittery top was "absurd and somewhat laughable," but the Peas had more relevance than previous baby boomer acts, wrote the paper's critic Todd Martens.

"The Peas of 2011 embrace all things commercial and ridiculous," he said. "Corny? Please. In the world of the Peas, nothing is too silly and everything is built for exaggeration."   Continued...